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: the fall of the house oo assad." >> thank you so much foruch for spending part of your afternoony with us here.s i would like to welcome you alle on behalf of the professor and myself. this is afessor l wesonderful s. i'm saying that dispassionately, and we're so happy you're here.r i wanted to introduce the profe professor to you. he is asch to professor of middt history at trinity university it san antonio. professor lesch is a prolific writer writer and thinker about the the middle east and what's happening in the region. it's really a treat tosy a havem here today.he h w he's written his new book n b "syria: the fall of the house ou assad" which i'm hoping you'll m all purchase and get him toill sign. he signed my copy first so he f. has met extensively with met president assad and officials lg between 2004-2011, been in the middle east, studying the middle st east, making connections andeast friendships in the middle east for a quar ater century. the r why that's important is, of course, he knows of what he knoo speaks. spe there's so many people who woule like to write about a regio
>> the u.n. envoy to syria holds talks with president bashar al- assad and hopes to find a solution to end the violence. hello. the other top stories from al jazeera -- another insider attack in afghanistan. the u.s. contractor is killed. plus -- india's prime minister appeals for calm after a second day of violent street protests. plus, bringing life to the desert. qatar brings ca hopes for those struggling to grow their own food. syria's president bashar al- assad says his government will do whatever it can to end the crisis in syria. his comments on state tv followed a meeting of the u.n. peace envoy to syria lakdar brahimi. he also says he is cooperating with lakdar brahimi, who is on a two-day visit. it coincides with a missile strike. scores of civilians killed in the attack. in the northern city of aleppo rebel fighters say they captured a military base. russia's foreign minister says he received guarantees from president assad he will not use chemical weapons against rebels. >> i met president assad and we exchanged views on the next steps that can be taken to move forward.
to the capital by brahimi. we met with assad but the outcome of the meeting remains unclear. >> yet another attempt by syria's envoy to find way to end the war. brahimi met assad in damascus. it is not clear if he has a concrete plan but brahimi is trying to get an agreement on a transitional government. >> i've met president assad and we ex-changed views on the next steps to be taken to move forward. we also discussed the steps that i see can be taken to help the people come out of this crisis. >> any political solution that would save the regime is unacceptable. the political solution that is acceptable puts an end to killing of syrians. any solution that does not begin with assad stepping down is rejected and we will oppose it. >> he has no intention of stepping down. but he reportedly told brahimi that he would be willing to cooperate to find solution, but if you ask the opposition, they believe it is the assad government, which has been weakened, it is the assad government, which is on the defensive and it is state that wants a negotiated settlement. the syrian government is just as co
for the middle list -- for the middle east here at cnp. we will discuss what is in store for the post-assad syria. mark twain once said that news of my death has been greatly exaggerated. since the spring of 2011, that was probably the case for the assad regime of syria. but in the last couple of months, we have seen things changing. we see robling territory, not just attacking and retreating, but actually holding ground. we have seen the russians equivocating on their support for the assad regime. and we have even seen regime insiders, of the syrian vice- president saying yesterday that the regime cannot win militarily. so the end may finally near for the assad regime, but many questions remain. what would a post-assad government look like? would it be tolerant of the many minority groups in syria? despite the fall of the regime, it has been very tolerant of minorities, except for the kurds. and there's a lot of fear among minorities about what will take place when the assad regime falls. and what happens to the syrian state as a whole? will it break apart? this is not beyond the realm of possib
for weeks laying siege before making the final push tkafrplt thpush today. the regime of bashar al-assad has losing control of the territory in the pass few months. >> many u.s. servicemen are expressing a desire to be with their families. for now they have each other and a pretty nice spread to boot. >> i wish i could be home with family and friends but all the people are so cool. >> this is a time where everyone gets together and shares good food, and laughter, and it's a good time of year. i certainly would like to westbound my family at home but we're serving here in afghanistan for a good cause so i'm happy to be there. >> no soldier left behind. nato forces are due to withdraw from the country on 2014, they are speeding up the efforts to train the afghan military units before they pull out. >> it looks like george h.w. bush will be spending his christmas in the hospital. he has been undergoing treatment for a bronchitis-like cough since november. doctors are cautiously optimistic that president bush's son, former president george w. bush has been among the visitors at the hospital. no
about the regime and president assad because he is now joining the rebels. this is may be why the russians are starting to think about talking to people. there are report that is the syrian deputy foreign minister now in moscow for talks possibly trying to negotiate some kind of settlement, some kind of transition. how that would look where it would be anrd early transition rather than this civil war pushing out what is left with the regime whether that would be okay with the syrian rebels is left to be seen. the number one thing to watch is russia but the wildcard here is iran. they have been key to their support of president assad, sending him weapons, even men and members of the revolutionary guard to help fight and lead syrian soldiers in this civil war. if russia goes by the side and tries to negotiate a settlement you look to iran and does iran continue to push president assad, continue to support him, or, does iran back down? that is what we'll actually see some change there on the ground in syria, jamie. jamie: i think you hit it on the head because clearly iran is med
palmer visited the town in southern syria that's alive with assad regime. >> reporter: conflict has engulfed syria over the past 21 months from one end of the country to the other, but so far it's barely touched the town in southern syria near the border with jordan. the people who live here are a religious group that's allied itself with president bashir al assad. when we arooived in town to meet the governor syrian state media was waiting for it. they're anxious to show care its community showing supporters willing to reinforce the party line, that it's not a civil war but a terrorist campaign by foreign-backed extreme rifts. >> so are you afraid they'll come here to your city? >> of course, we're afraid, the governor told me, if the countries who support al qaeda and the jihadees don't stop, the conflict will come here. so far local authorities have kept it at baby supporting violent crackdowns on the slightest sign of anti-regime protests. the strategy worked because government critics in this community were always a vocal but small minority. it's made sway da an island of calm
, meanwhile, u.n. peace envoy brahimi arrived today for more talks with president assad. in his attempt to remain in power, assad has cultivated the support of minority groups athin his ethically divided country. elizabeth palmer saw that policy at work during a recent visit to the southern town of swada. >> reporter: conflict has engulfed syria over the past months from one end of the country to the other. but so far it barely touched this town in southern syria near the border with jordan. the people who live here are a religious group that has allied itself with president assad. good afternoon. when we arrived it in town to meet the governor, syrian state media was waiting for us. the regime is anxious to showcase this community full of official supporters willing to reinforce the party line, that the violence in syria is not a civil war but a terrorist campaign by foreign-backed extremists. so are you afraid they'll come here to your city. "of course we're afraid," the governor told me. "if the countries who support al qaeda and the jihadies don't stop, the conflict will come here."
assad in this conflict. they don't really want to deal with the russians, hence turning down the invitation. the rebels now think time is on their side. the momentum is on the battlefield has shifted. for so long the rebels were outgunned and outmaneuvered. they hold major parts of northern part of the syria and major population centers in the center of the country that president assad up till now had control. one rebel fighter said we'll fight all the way to president assad's palace. the rebels don't see a reason to negotiate while president assad is in power. the while the offer from the russians may not be so significant is the fact they're making it is significant. russia has a very critical port along the syrian course along the mediterranean the port of tartuse. russia is trying very hard to keep tear influence inside syria and may be trying to play both sides of the coin here. they want to keep assad so they have influence with him and to hedge their bet to gain as much influence with the syrian rebels so if the rebels win they get to keep the port which is their only
to figure out a way to at least put their toe in the water, figuring a way to move president assad out. it doesn't appear at least that the russians have any altruistic values in it operation than they're likely to save their own influence inside syria than let jihadists or something take over that they can't talk to considering how serious russia and syria have been as allies the last couple years. look what is going on the ground. a general in charge of the military defense group, the military police there inside of afghanistan, inside of syria, pardon me, he just redecked over to turkey and is joining the rebels. this is the most serious high-ranking defects we've seen in a while. that shows another part of the momentum turning toward the rebels, away from the government who are becoming increasingly isolated inside of their cities, unable to project power. the army we heard is running out of supplies, though russia is still resupplying them as of now. but the rebels are becoming increasingly successful with their attacks. the big wildcard if russia tries to figure out a way to nego
. >>> in syria the military police chief has defected from president assad's government. this video shows a man identified as the official. i want you to take a listen. >> translator: i announce my defection from the regime and joining the peoples revolution because the syrian military has strayed from the core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but an armed gangs that kill and destroy cities and villages carrying out massacres that came out demanding freedom and dignity. >> pretty strong words. this would be one of the highest level defections in the 21 months they've been fighting. the prime minister and general were close to al assad and they also left the regime in recent months. first of all, tell us, this guy, i mean he essentially says they're thugs going after their own people. this seems pretty significant. >> reporter: well, that's right. he's identified on this tape as the general. aside from the video, we spoke with officials from the free syrian army today. they confirmed to us and helped this man escape syria and he's now in turkey. they say it's significant beca
president bashar assad. working to negotiate an end to the fighting of the syrian army and rebel forces. what happened in the the violence increased dramatically in recent days since his arrival. and just yesterday activist said a government air strike killed dozens of men, women and children. they were waiting in a bread line in central syria and dozens more civilians were wounded. this is amateur video it. it appears to show the aftermath. fox news working to confirm that. let's get back to leland vittert live on the west bank. what's the latest? >> jamie, the rebels are now claiming president assad's forces are using some type of poison gas or some type of chemical weapon against them. again, not something that we can confirm independently but if it is true, it would mark a major escalation. >> ache if i vistas upload offed a number of videos claiming to be victims receiving treatment in a local hospital. while the video is totally unconfirmable. it appears it show people suffering have tear gas and other irgantz and not suffering from chemical weapons like saran gas. time and moment
and the u.n. has still not been able to remove president bashir al assad after months and months of in-country conflict there. what can the president do. not only from a standpoint of the white house, but from an international coalition to look at getting bashir al assad out? >> i mean, we've been working on it for quite some time. we didn't want to get militarily involved. we've seen what happens when we do get militarily involved. we don't like the results. take a look at libya. take a look at egypt, for example. so though we think -- we know we're on the side of right. there's one big ondestruction, and that is russia. russia is a series of clients of russia's, putin has said, you guys, you americans, you can't be sank moneyus about how people live their lives. you want everybody to be like the united states. okay. you saw what happens when you try to foment democracy in places that aren't ready for it. we're here to tell you that if you try to upend assad, even if he is going to ethwe'll go out of business -- >> on his own accord. >> on his own, if you try to do that, you won't lik
of a solution. whatever may have emerged in his talks with bashar al assad, he was not giving much away. >> i briefed the president about my meetings and talks with officials in the region and beyond and about the steps i think i necessary to help the syrian people come out of this crisis. the situation in syria remains worrying. we hope all parties will be able to find a solution that meets the aspirations and hopes of the syrian people. >> as the regime loses ever more ground to the rebels, there is fear it may resort to everything in its arsenal. there are unproven allegations that it is using some form of gas on the battlefront. activists say seven rebels have died from it with dozens of others affected. it smells like phosphorus, this one says. "it suffocates you. it makes you feel like your eyes are popping out, and the smell is unbearable." these weapons are unquestionably been used as the rebels are gaining more and more ground, but there is still fighting to do before they can get power in damascus, where the regime is showing no public sign of being ready to give up. bbc news, be re
's allied itself with president bashira a assad. the regime is anxious to showcase its community showing supporters willing to reinforce the line. it's a terrorist campaign by extremists. >> are you afraid they'll come here? >> of course we're afraid, the governor told me, if they don't stop. the conflict will come here. so far local authorities have kept it at baby supporting violent crackdowns on the slightest sign of anti-regime protests. the strategy worked because government critics in this community were always a vocal but small minority. it's made sway da an island of calm and a refuge. about 10,000 of the almost half a million people placed inside syria have been offered shelter by the local government. they're housed in a local summer camp about two miles from the center of town. we escaped here, says this grandfather, to keep our children safe. >> we want peace. >> reporter: this young man speaks for everyone when he says all we want is peace. they've got it for the moment. but with the battle now under way all around the town, this small enclave of stability looks very vulnera
assad and his regime would result to utilizing those weapons. we should add, though, that the regime said on many occasions that they don't have chemical weapons. they said if they did, they would never utilize those weapons against their own population. it is, however, still very much a concern. world powers telling indirectly and directly h lly that he shou no means consider using these weapons. we heard from past officials that they believe they've seen intelligence that syria might be mixing chemicals as a way to, as a precursor to start making nerve agents and they haven't seen anything to suggest that they'll utilize this any time soon. >> how much pressure do you think was applied on syria to do this. is russia trying in a way to rule out one more altogether in favor of foreign intervention? >> oh, absolutely. russia does not want to see foreign intervention. they think if they can convince to not use these weapons and convince the international community that the russia regime is not going to use these weapons and safe guard these weapons and that would take pressure away fro
of anti-assad sentiment in that town. because of that, they believe this town was deliberately targeted as a part of a retaliation plan by the government. don? >> russian diplomats have been talking about possible asylum for assad. this bombing today has to play a part in the discussions in damascus. >> reporter: well, we certainly think it would have to, absolutely. and really is there any more striking juxtaposition as far as the failed attempts thus far by the diplomatic efforts of people like brahimi and kofi annan before him when you compare that to the horror on the ground, where hundred dollars of people have been killed according to the activists. time and again we've seen brahimi or before him kofi annan, regional power players, international power players, the u.n. and the arab league try to go into syria and try to forge some sort of path to peace, and why et it seems to have fallen on deaf years. these peace plans don't seem to take hold. the activists we spoke to said they don't believe this time will be any dferent. they fear for what will happen next. in the nearly two ye
against bashar al-assad shows no signs of slowing down. the bloody uprising blamed for tens of thousands of deaths. ralph peters is a fox news strategic analyst and joins us with more incite on this. how significant is this defection. >> it is significance. it's not by itself going to topple the regime. it's a real propaganda victory for the rebels. it tells us all that the last rats are deserting the sinking ship. he'll have very important information. in the syrian military the role of the military police is different than ours. the military police in syria, among other things they are the enforcers, behind the other shoulders making sure the other enforcers don't dessert, kill the people they are told to kill. this guy, this general is a real bad hombre, a real insider. bottom line, won't end things by itself but help the shirt does matter. heather: this all began roughly about 21 months ago with people protesting, asking for reforms. it turned into a civil war, estimates put about 40,000 people dead. are we any closer to the civil war being resolved? >> well, we are closer to bashar
.n. envoy to syria met with president bashar al-assad in damascus, but he gave no sign of progress toward halting the civil war. lakhdar brahimi spoke with assad as part of a two-day visit. brahimi was appointed envoy in september, but he's made little apparent headway. the latest visit came a day after opposition groups reported a government air strike on a bakery killed at least 60 people. authorities in india restricted vehicle and railroad travel in new delhi today, in the wake of violent protests over a gang rape. on sunday, police sprayed tear gas and water cannons after crowds began throwing stones and tipping over vehicles. the protesters demanded stronger punishments for crimes against women after a 23-year old woman was attacked on a public bus last week. the victim was thrown from the bus afterward. she remains in critical condition. six arrests have been made. washington was quiet today with the president and congress gone for christmas. but the lack of any fiscal cliff talks worried wall street. the dow jones industrial average lost more than 51 points to close at 13,139. the
for a similar instance to happen if and when assad falls in syria? >> it depends on whether we assist or not. the syrian people are not only fighting against assad, but are angry against the united states. people talk about how the syrian people do not understand why we'll will not help them, and they are anchored and embittered. that will dictate a lot of their attitude and our involvement with syria after assad goes. that will be dictated what happens in syria whether they believe we have been of assistance to them or not pick in libya, but they believe we assisted them or showed that appreciation. meanwhile, we took a hike with a light footprint and let all these things develop. i think it depends if we ever have the moral courage, which we are clearly lacking, and assisting the syrian people throw off the yoke of this brutal dictator. we hear again there are now cluster bombs being used. scud missiles. i ask the question that i asked secretary panetta well over a year ago, when about 7000 had been killed -- how many have to die before we're willing to intervene? how many have to die befo
that the assad regime has no place in syria's future. and in moscow, u. n. envoy bramimi warn of total chaos in the mideast if peace can't be negotiated. but russia's foreign minister said his government still backs the regime. a russian passenger jet crashed today while landing, it happened at moscow's airport. the plane split off -- slid off the runway, broke apart and caught fire. four crew members were killed. the plane had been flying without passengers. still ahead, a life lesson for one boy is now helping thousands of san diego's homeless. first, she served in iraq, now she's trying to win her battle with depression. and nine weeks after superstorm sandy, people are still suffering. when the cbs evening news continues. >> happy holidays from kabul, afghanistan, i'm p. f. c. jones from charleston, south carolina, happy new year to my family and friend back home, tops my wife and daughter in germany. i miss you, love you and will see you soon.it comes we understand. milies fa, at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offe
, a warning to syrian president bashar al- assad to cease the air strikes and fighting against syrian rubbles that has led into turkish territory. we cannot spend a lot of time worrying about whether that pisses off syria, secretary panetta said later. he said he invited kim jong-un for dinner, he served him a glass of wine and tried to find out how he thinks. he is clearly a complex man. his accomplishments over 74 years span two branches of government, education, and a little bit of farm labor on his california ranch. before taking office as the 23rd secretary of defense, secretary panetta served more than two years as cia director. after three years, chief of staff to president clinton. he and his wife cut directed the leon and sylvia and the institute at cal state university at monterey bay. to promote public service. he served eight terms in congress. rising to chairman of the house budget committee in 1989. then president clinton's director of the office of management and budget to replaced by me in welcoming to the national press club secretary defense leon panetta. [applause] >> thank
't be able to help. one man said bashar assad discussed possible steps forward but has made little progress because both sides seem to be more interested in fighting. >>> authorities in india used violence to stop a week of rape protests. armed police beat police with sticks. they are protesting the brutal rape of a woman on a bus. prime minister said the government would take tough action to prevent these crimes against women. >>> 47-year-old joe price died on saturday from a noncombat injury. a military official says his death is being investigated as a suspected poll san jose a strict new policy goes into effect at camp pendleton. marines will be subject to random breathalyzer tests twice a year. .01% or higher, those who blow that will be refer to counseling. a single drink can produce a blood alcohol level of .01 -- .10%. >>> richard adams died last monday at his holiday home after getting some kind of illness. he fought for bay rights after a marriage license he received in colorado was rejected. he was 65 years old. >>> it appears that former george h.w. bush will spend christmas in
and irritant, no at chemical weapon like serrin gas. troops loyal to president bashar assad suddenly find themselves playing defense. force to abandon large swath of the north, they resorted to firing scud missiles in the direction of the rebel enclave. time and momentum appear on side of the rebels. video shows them using better tactics, fighting as coordinated army, better equipped by the weapons they capture from the syrian government bases. 200,000 bullets, 3,000 hand grenades and cannon inventory at aleppo captured over the weekend. >> there is aftermath of bombing. some videos show civilian casualties. proving the line between civilian and citizen soldiers is blurred. now the rebels will face far greater challenge as they push government troops back and fight in cities they are no longer among friendly population. >> many observers note they have at least nine lives of proverbial cat. reports indicated his army was running dangerously low on diesel fuel. now we know the russians resupplied him. he is defiant. peace envoy left damascus in the past couple of hours and said there is li
finish last. he sea nice guy on the fiscal cliff. naughty, the worst man on the planet is bashar assad. 40,000 debt and thousands to come after he is driven out of office. you can't get naughtier than that. >> doug: what is his fate? >> three fates. he stays in power, unlikely, he is killed. probably by his own people if he tries to escape. or he could try to escape to a can on the, independent in the '20z. that is his strieb. tribe. it's walled off and create mini country, which is possible. on the sea, so iranians and the russians could support him. that is the least likely but would create chaos because the civil war continues forever. >> but a pariah and a marked man. >> he should be. whatever he gets he deserves. i don't think it's a good ending. >> thank you. that will do it for panel. stay tuned for really professional message from the four bears. as in bret baier's. [ laughter ] smoke? nah, i'm good. ♪ [ male announcer ] every time you say no to a cigarette, you celebrate a little win. nicoderm cq, the patch with time release smart control technology that acts fast and helps
keep watching moscow. as the russians pull away from assad and the syrians, that will be an indicator of how long these guys have to last. 20 # 13 will be the end game. we have to know what comes afterward. we'll watch what happens. >> want to do another paper? >> you want me to do it? >> no, go ahead. >> "the cedar rapids gazette." new numbers show a disappointing holiday sales season with retail growth up less than 1% from last year. some analysts are calling it the worst for retailers since the financial crisis. stores across the country are hoping for a sales bounce after christmas and are doing pretty much anything they can to bring shoppers back into stores because that's america. >>> finally, there is an outrage in new york state after a local newspaper posted on its website the addresses and names of all people who have handgun permits in westchester and rockland counties. the paper's editor said while they new the database would be controversial, quote, sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the newtown shooti
to reporters briefly this morning and told them about his discussions with assad. here is more of what mr. brahimi had to say. dana, mr. brahimi has since left syria he says the situation is dire and he hopes they can come to some agreement to alleviate the misery for the syrian people. >> you are on the phone, and lucky enough to get you face to face. thank you for that and for that report. as gruesome and grim as it was. >>> ahead on "starting point" criticism from the right and left. controversy brewing over chuck hagel's possible nomination as defense secretary. will the president go all in or go with someone else? >>> and fired for being simply too irresistible. one state's highest court says not a problem. this is a story you really do have to hear and see to believe. we'll bring it to you, next. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth! i need you. i feel so alone. but you're
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assad falls in syria? >> it depends on whether we assist or not. the syrian people are not only fighting against assad, but are angry against the united states. people talk about how the syrian people do not understand why we'll will not help them, and they are anchored and embittered. -- angered and embittered. that will dictate a lot of their attitude and our involvement with syria after assad goes. that will be dictated what happens in syria whether they believe we have been of assistance to them or not pick in libya, but they believe we assisted them or showed that appreciation. meanwhile, we took a hike with a light footprint and let all these things develop. i think it depends if we ever have the moral courage, which we are clearly lacking, and assisting the syrian people throw off the yoke of this brutal dictator. we hear again there are now cluster bombs being used. scud missiles. i ask the question that i asked secretary panetta well over a year ago, when about 7000 had been killed -- how many have to die before we're willing to intervene? how many have to die before we will est
nothing to do -- you know, assad may be a terrible, but he's not hitler. and it's not the same as when the western powers were basically trying to figure out how not to do anything over czechoslovakia, and here we really are trying to do something and being fairly good and calibrated about it. and then a lesson that colin powell really made at every meeting was, if you're going to go in, you've got to figure out how to get out. you've always got to have an exit strategy. so i think there are lessons to be learned, not just from munich, but from all the things that have happened in the last 60 years. >> madeleine albright, thank you. >>> coming up, there are currently 80 living recipients of the military's highest decoration, the medal of honor. this year, we have the honor of speaking with two of those men, former staff sergeant sal junta and former sergeant dakota meyer. their gripping stories are ahead on "morning joe." >>> and up next, the day a nation lost its president. our conversation with chris matthews on jfk, elusive hero. stay with us. [ cellphon irping ] [ buzzing ] bye dad
. >> a u.n. peace envoy met with syria's president bashar al assad yesterday. any news to come of that, anything significant? >> reporter: not a lot of concrete details. we've seen time and again, alina, some sort of envoy going into syria to meet with bashar al assad and other members of his government. they don't seem to come up with a concrete plan. lakhdar brahimi went in there yesterday but met shortly afterwards. he discussed steps to take with the president, to end the violence in the country. he said that he would be continuing his shuttle diplomacy going to other countries and international regions and international power players. but brahimi has gone in several times and his predecessor, kofi annan, went into syria all the time. all this diplomacy and the deadlock of diplomacy happening with the horrific violence continuing. two years since the violence started in syria. over 40,000 people have been killed. hundreds of people, according to opposition activists that we speak to, just in the last few days, and that's when these talks were happening. >> mohammed jamjoon live fro
of a total collapse? >> reporter: it certainly seems that way, gregg, if and when president assad falls and splitting apart along the seams but the seams are drawn along religious lines. late video coming to us at a what rebels call a bakery bombing allegedly syrian air force dropped bombs. a lot of keen observers looking at video it appears there is lot of armed men wearing camouflage among the wounded or possibly dead there, calling into question whether this was a bakery line or whether this was some type of rebel camp. either way it is clear that the rebels are inside of these cities and that's where they are taking hold and moving and around the population. this is what happens sadly in these kind of civil wars. we know they're inside syria. there is increasing medical shortage going on in terms of the ability to treat any of the victims, whether they be civilians or rebel fighters from these kinds of airstrikes. it really boils home as much as we've been talking about the ability of the syrian rebels to push into other cities, that the syrian air force still controls the skies and
speaking to president assad in the wake of another gruesome day. in what the u.n. special envoy to syria rahimi said. "we have exchanged opinions about the possible steps that can we taken in the future. the syrian president spoke about his view regardi the situation. i also talked about the meetings i had in the region and outside the region and i also talked about which steps i see appropriate to be taken to help the syrian people get out of this crisis." this meeting after 100 people who had gone without bread for one week were killed as they lined up at a bakery. the batdeath toll is expected to up. now at 100. syrian warplanes bombed them. you must be warned. the video you are about to see is extremely graphic. >> reporter: a voice filled with horror. a scene full of carnage. a massacre screams the man. they targeted the bakery where hungry syrians lined up to get bread. >> translator: from 200 meter as way i could see corpses. the people could not be described. bodies piled on top of each other. an impossible scene. there is no word to describe it. >> reporter: one of the first on
and that happened last night. >>> syria's military police chief has defected, that dealt a blow to the assad regime. major general al shalal announcing he is defecting because the syrian army is no longer acting in the best interests of the people. it came after this, two deadly attacks on civilians who were waiting in bread lines. his decision comes at a time when rebel forces are making gains over government troops for control of syria's major cities. >>> japan's parliament has elected shinzo abe as the prime minister. he says is he okay health wise now. abe has promised to revive the economy, address japan's debt and create a recovery plan for last year's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. >>> i hope you have a gift receipt for that. shoppers expected to flood stores to return or exchange gifts they don't fit, don't want. an analyst tells "the wall street journal" 10% to 15% of holiday sales come back as sales and exchanges. >>> a bus bomb targeting. we are live from the pentagon with details. >>> his time has come again, a man from the '60s is getting a start again, lester chambers joins
, dealing another major blow to the assad regime. he announced he was defecting because the syrian army is not longer acting in the best interest of the people. this follows an attack on hungry people waiting in a bread line. >>> former braves great andruw jones free on bond after being arrested outside atlanta on christmas. a battery charge. the gwinnett county detention center tells us there was a domestic dispute with his wife. he played for the new york yankees last year and recently signed with a team in japan. >>> shinzo abe has been elected in japan as prime minister. he held the same position six years ago, but resigned because of health problems. he says he's okay now and promised to revive the economy, address japan's debt and create a recovery plan for last last year's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. japan's economy sunk into recession two weeks ago. >>> 'tis now the season for gift cards and those returns. shoppers expected to flood the stores again today to return or exchange gifts that don't fit or they tonight want. an analyst tells "the wall street journal" 10
targeted civilians launched by the assad regime. >>> pope benedict xvi called for prayers for syrians and others in the middle east living in conflict. his christmas message opened with a traditional latin wish for peace, especially to those who live and suffer in places where christ lived. the pope expressed hope that people caught up in the high tech world find room in their hearts for god. >>> thousands of christian pilgrims celebrated mass in bethlehem this morning, the town where it is believed christ was born. the holiday was especially joyous on the west bank after the united nations recognized palestine as an independent state. >>> here in the u.s., it is a day for worship, for exchanging gifts, getting together with family and friends and planning a return to the malls tomorrow. shoppers will find deep discounts at stores and online because the pre-christmas retail numbers were a little disappointing this time around. the discounts could be as much as 80%, as merchants try to clear inventory from their shelves. you always hear don't go with the other folks before christmas, w
, and seven chances to bashar assad in syria. finally he gave up on him and said he is a monster. it is not for me to say whether he is good or bad. i don't think he is going to have any problems getting confirmed although i have heard from veteran groups that are more conservative, that they had issues with him because of some of his statements during that period and during the iraq war when you saw kerry and other democrats say that u.s. marines had committed massacres which later turned out they did not. host: here is tennessee on our independent line. nick, good morning. caller: yes, i bring your attention to fast and furious and benghazi. you political people are nothing but hacks. a friend told me that what makes up the lie of the mainstream omit and what they moit not submit. i went to the vietnam war. his name is not on that wall. it was not a long time ago. it affects every veteran. you sit there and talk for those people. you're nothing but a propaganda -- guest: i am the guy who broke a lot of the benghazi stories. many outlets have talked about my stories. i consider
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